Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds – The Grief Journey
The best and bravest thing that you can do is deal with your own discomfort, and don’t ask questions that you don’t want to really answer to. If you really want to know, then ask the question. But the most helpful thing for me is people who can tolerate their own discomfort, and can just be alongside you.
After losing their son Joshua in a road accident in Vietnam, Jane and Jimmy were thrown into the reality of what all parents know to be their worst nightmare. In this episode they talk to Julian about their journey from before Joshua died, through the initial stages of grief, and how they now are both still learning to live in this reality, and how they are helping others through the many films they have made, the retreats that they run, and through their charity the Good Grief Project.
It is hard to live as a bereaved person in our society. We think of grief as something to move past, or to handle, and as Jane and Jimmy mention – bringing grief into day to day life is largely frowned upon. Their work educates the bereaved and non-bereaved alike, showing us all that there are many ways to be after losing someone, and that the most helpful thing you can do is be content with the heaviness of life and death.
Films: All available here
Beyond Good Bye
Say Their Name
A Love That Never Dies
Guests at Beyond the Mask screening:
Kathryn Mannix twitter
Lucy Selman twitter
Amber Jeffrey twitter
Ben and Jack, The New Normal twitter
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